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love your mum

Monday, November 02, 2015      10 comments

My dear Sparkies, I thought quite a bit about whether or not to post a blog about my mother and her last few days at the hospital. One of the nurses on the ward, who was impressed with how clear and eloquent Mum was in her wishes, said it h... Read more

The Isle of Iona

Monday, October 12, 2015      12 comments

Hi all you brave Sparkies! This is a blog about our family visit to Iona last week. The small island of Iona lies on the far side of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. Read more

stuffed bell peppers á la Kurdi

Tuesday, September 22, 2015      8 comments

Another Sparkie (SCHNOOTIE) asked me to post my stuffed bell pepper recipe, so here it is! Stuffed Bell Peppers á la Kurdi Ingredients: Serves 2-3 people 4 fresh bell peppers (orange, red, yellow and green for fun) 1 cup riso... Read more

a Kurdish fruit and veg market

Friday, September 18, 2015      12 comments

We love fresh fruit and veggies, so when we are in Kurdistan we make a beeline for the local market when it is held in our part of town on Tuesday. It is about 10 minutes on foot from our house and the stalls are spread out on both sides of an o... Read more

Random Questions answered

Wednesday, September 09, 2015      11 comments

A few of my spark friends answered these questions in blogs recently and I thought i would try them out too! Where is your cell phone? On the kitchen table Spouse? Hüseyin, Kurdish, kind and handsome Read more

my brand new granddaughter

Thursday, August 20, 2015      13 comments

My oldest daughter Lena had her second little girl on Monday afternoon. Unfortunately due to a chain of events, she ended up having to have a cesarean. The baby (Jonna) is doing fine, but Lena is not feeling at all good just now. As they live in... Read more

Midyat, Kurdistan

Friday, July 17, 2015      5 comments

After we left Mardin, we drove the remaining 75 km to Midyat, where we were going to stay for the next two nights. Midyat was originally populated mainly by Syriac Christians who still call the region Tur Abdin, which means the mountain of the p... Read more

Mardin, North Kurdistan

Monday, July 13, 2015      5 comments

Last week in North Kurdistan we were able to borrow a car for a few days, so we decided to visit the towns of Mardin and Midyat which lie above the plains of Mesopotamia. Some of the oldest Syriac Christian settlements, monasteries and churches ... Read more

The past and the present

Wednesday, April 01, 2015      10 comments

One of the most interesting things I have learned here on Spark is to move outside my comfort zone, to think outside boxes, and to see the past as a formative part of myself. Last weekend I combined all of the above three in one swoop - Hannah... Read more

Black clouds and beasts under the bed

Tuesday, February 10, 2015      7 comments

Running a personnel office involves a lot of extra work and effort from around October through til March. The year that is drawing to a close has to be monitored and the new year must be budgeted for and a plan of action put into place. This win... Read more

Foot Funk

Tuesday, January 06, 2015      3 comments

Hi all you brave Sparkies, today it is 8 weeks since my right big toe was operated on to tidy up the joint (cheilectomy) which had grown stiff and lumpy with osteo-arthritis. I was able to get into my largest pair of shoes at Christmas and... Read more

Two weeks post-op for big toe arthritis procedure

Sunday, November 23, 2014      4 comments

Hi all you brave Sparkies, 2 weeks after the operation on my big toe (cheilectomie due to arthritis), I am feeling a lot better. I had half the stitches taken out on Friday so most of that discomfort has gone now and I feel as if my foot belon... Read more

cheilectomy - or big toe arthritis procedure...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014      5 comments

Hi all you brave Sparkies, I have had arthritis in the base joint of my right big toe for a number of years now. When I had a flare up I would hobble around for a few days, avoid climbing stairs like the plague and munch away on painkillers. ... Read more

Marles Melody

Sunday, September 14, 2014      5 comments

This morning there was a lovely breeze blowing here in North Kurdistan and I lay in the hammock, working on a short story that has been percolating for a few days. I tend to drift away into a little world of my own, and memories of things unconn... Read more

Moving People

Friday, August 01, 2014      3 comments

Hi, All You Brave Sparkies! In the early morning or early evening I often cycle down along the river to a lovely playground on an embankment. It has been newly renovated and an adult corner is now installed with an outdoor elliptical, a hip... Read more

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